Dovetail

Definition of Dovetail

Dove´tail`
n.1.(Carp.) A flaring tenon, or tongue (shaped like a bird's tail spread), and a mortise, or socket, into which it fits tightly, making an interlocking joint between two pieces which resists pulling a part in all directions except one.
Dovetail molding
(Arch.) a molding of any convex section arranged in a sort of zigzag, like a series of dovetails.
Dovetail saw
(Carp.) a saw used in dovetailing.
v. t.1.(Carp.) To cut to a dovetail.
[imp. & p. p. Dovetailed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Dovetailing.]
2.To fit in or connect strongly, skillfully, or nicely; to fit ingeniously or complexly.
He put together a piece of joinery so crossly indented and whimsically dovetailed . . . that it was indeed a very curious show.
- Burke.

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